Imagination is one of the most powerful tools in the world. The most innovative and successful people tend to be extremely creative thinkers, and imagination is a crucial part of this mind-stream. Knowing how to imagine is something everyone should learn! read the Step 1 to begin.
Method 1 of 2: Developing the Imagination
Step 1. Daydream
This is a process that helps you form connections and retrieve information without getting distracted. Instead of irrational activity, daydream actually cultivates a state of high brain occupation. Often the best ideas seem to have come out of nowhere while you're daydreaming.
- Avoid distractions like computer or video games, the internet, movies and so on. Your brain won't get the rest it deserves if you're always connected to distractions in this way.
- Good times to daydream would be in the morning, just before getting up, or at night, before falling asleep. Taking a walk without distractions like music or cell phones also helps to cultivate this state of mind.
Step 2. Improve your visual memory
For people who cannot imagine, the best starting point is to work on your visual memory, as it is possibly the most responsible for your imagination: in the end, to imagine something you have to be able to retain a mental image during more than a few seconds and still keep various objects present in your visual memory. And this improvement is something that everyone can do: the most useful exercise would be the memory game " Concentration ", capable of training visual memory - there are many applications and websites available on the internet. Exercise as much as your ability will allow. For notable differences, you need to train over several weeks in sessions lasting at least 20 minutes.
In addition, you can improve your episodic memory by memorizing movie clips and trying them mentally again by closing your eyes - as you walk around the neighborhood, you can apply the same techniques as you try to memorize what you're seeing
Step 3. Search for new experiences
Opening up to new experiences can cultivate an openness to emotions and fantasy and stimulate intellectual curiosity. That way, you'll also have more opportunities for daydreaming (whether you're planning to travel on an adventure or experiencing a new kind of cooking class) and for new opportunities to imagine grandiose and unique possibilities.
You don't need to travel halfway around the world to have new experiences. Instead, look around your neighborhood. You could take a free class or go to a seminar, or even try to learn something - like collage and clippings or gardening - or just check out a part of the city you haven't explored yet
Step 4. Observe people
Go to a coffee shop or sit on a bench in the square for a while, watching the people pass you by. Making up stories about them and exercising curiosity cultivates imagination and trains it, in addition to nurturing empathy. Some of the best and most creative ideas will just come from watching others.
Step 5. Make art
The type of art you choose doesn't matter, but do something that allows you to express yourself. Don't restrict your art with points and factors limiting what it should be. If you're painting, for example, and you want to portray a green sun instead of a yellow one, that's fine! Use your imagination to think outside the box.
You can make any kind of art - from writing poetry to pottery to building. Remember you don't have to be extraordinary. This exercise is about nurturing your imagination, not about making you an internationally famous painter
Step 6. Avoid being overwhelmed by the media
While media such as movies, TV shows, online content and games can be a lot of fun, overloading yourself can diminish your imagination, creativity, and internal space.
- Many people, especially developing children, have been turned into consumers rather than creators. They are bombarded by images and visions that others have created and thrown their way.
- In other words, limit your media consumption: don't turn on your television or computer right away when you feel bored. Set aside a silent moment for yourself and your practice of letting your imagination run free.
Method 2 of 2: Using Your Imagination
Step 1. Find creative solutions
Once you're in the habit of using your imagination, you'll need it as you develop creative solutions to the problems you face. In other words, you will need to find non-standard paths.
- One problem most people have is "functional stiffness," the way your brain always thinks of an object's function as the one it was created for (pliers, for example). In one experiment, people were told to take a rope hanging from the ceiling and make it touch two opposite walls. The only other object in space was pliers. Most of them didn't come up with the solution: tie the pliers to the rope and use it as a pendulum to swing the rope between the two walls.
- Practice the exercise of devising alternative uses for objects in your home. When faced with obstacles, let your imagination travel through some of the wildest possibilities to see where you can go. Remember that just because something was done for one purpose doesn't mean it doesn't have other purposes.
Step 2. Free yourself from the possibility of failure
Sometimes the imagination gets caught up and it's difficult to free it - especially if you don't already have experience or practice in using it well. There are a few tricks that can help with this opening and allow you to use your imagination to think outside the box.
- Ask yourself how you would approach the problem if it were impossible to fail. Imagine that you could test a riskier solution if there were no consequences.
- Ask yourself what you would do first if you had access to any resources needed to address the problem.
- Think about what approach you would have to solve it if you could ask anyone in the world for help.
- Answering these questions frees your mind from the possibility of failure, opening it completely to the potential solutions it carries. Not every solution devised in this way will be helpful, but you'll hone your imaginative abilities and be amazed by the methods you'll come up with along the way.
Step 3. Preview
Using your imagination to visualize can help you a lot in improving your own life. You can use it in exercises such as picturing yourself getting the promotion you want before you even apply for it, or seeing yourself finishing that marathon you've been training for.